One day after Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina signed a bill to create a child ATV safety law, a 16-year old girl was killed in an ATV accident. The teen was riding alone in a field behind her home when she lost control causing the ATV to roll over. She was thrown from the vehicle which then landed on top of her. The girl died from blunt force trauma to the head and chest. Her brother was riding in a separate ATV at the time of the accident. Neither teen was wearing a helmet or any safety equipment at the time of the accident.
There are thousands of ATV accidents each year resulting in serious injuries or death. Many of these are among teenagers. The Chandler Law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2011, is named after 16-year-old Chandler Saylor who died eight years ago in an ATV accident. Chandler had attended a swimming birthday party, but at some point the boys at the party were allowed to ride ATVs. Chandler had never driven an ATV before, and when he tried to avoid hitting another boy, Chandler lost control causing the ATV to roll over.
Operating and riding an ATV is dangerous and risky. Wearing a helmet while operating an ATV reduces the risk of fatal head injury by 42 percent, and the risk of non-fatal head injury by 64 percent. The Chandler Law will require helmets, eye protection and training for ATV riders younger than 16. Even if this law had been in effect prior to these fatal accidents, it would not have applied to these two teenagers since they were 16-years-old at the time of the accidents.
Although ATV accidents generally result in negligence or careless of the operator, they can also be caused by a poor design or inadequate warnings on the vehicle. When negligent supervision, defective design or another rider’s recklessness causes severe injury or death, a family may seek justice through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an ATV accident as a result of another driver, defective product, or inadequate warnings on the vehicle you may able to seek fair compensation for your injuries. Going through a lawsuit can takes a long time. While your attorney is working to obtain full case value, you may be faced with substantial medical bills due to injuries or funeral expenses as a result of a loved ones death. As the leader in litigation funding, Lawsuit Financial provides pre-settlement funding to plaintiffs struggling financially while waiting for their case to settle. If you would like to learn how Lawsuit Financial can help you, contact us today.